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Mate Claimed

(Shifters Unbound #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,793 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Collared and controlled, Shifters are outcast from humanity, forced to live in Shiftertowns. But waiting within are passions that no Collar can contain…

As a wildcat Shifter and leader of his Shiftertown, Eric Warden knows his own kind. When he sees Iona Duncan, he realizes that although she appears human, she is a half-Shifter wildcat living without a Collar—and that if s
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Penguin Group
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"Mate Claimed" is book #4 in Jennifer Ashley's shifter series...this one was about the shifters in Las Vegas. Eric is the Alpha of the Felines and Bears and he sets his sights on a half human/half shifter woman who is living with the humans unaware that she is part Feline. Iona has tried to deny that she is a shifter all of her life, and wants absolutely nothing to do with them. When Eric comes across her in a bar, they are immediately drawn to each other. Of course Iona fights the attraction, b ...more
Written October 8, 2014

4 Stars - Simply so amazingly good romances with wonderful characters and engaging topics

Book #4

It was time for some cuddly shifters in a Shiftertown again.

'Shifters Unboand', is a lovely paranormal m/f series written by a great romances author, Ms. Jennifer Ashley. Good books to pick up now and then. You always get interesting stories, thoughtful topics and sweet grand love.

This one was no exception.
Another good Shifters Unbound installment. Hetro (adult) PNR perfect fo
Jennifer Ashley
Jan 18, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book 4 of Shifters Unbound. Eric and Iona's story. ...more
ren ♡
An average read to say the least. I didn't really connect with any of the characters but I am mildly intrigued by Graham and Misty...

Rating: 2/5
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Ever since Wild Cat, I’ve wanted to read more about Las Vegas Shiftertown leader Eric.

With so many things going on in his Shiftertown, Eric has a lot on his plate. He has some wolves from a closed down Shiftertown in Northern Nevada moving in. The preparations are insane, the government is closing down the Shiftertown, but hasn’t prepared anything yet. Their insane logic? The shifters can just bunk up and bond. Right.

So now Eric has the leader Graham to deal with.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I adore this series!! Right from the start the world and the people inhabiting it captured my attention and refused to let go. I have high expectations and this book lived up to them.
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Eric Warden is a Shiftertown leader. As such he has a lot of responsibilities. He's quite used to them, but there are times when the burden is heavier. Like now, some human decided to save money and shut down the second Shiftertown in Nevada, forcing the nearly feral Lupines to move to Eric
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
What an annoying heroine. Why did Eric had so much freaking patience with her? This is a woman who's half shifter (who are treated like second class citizens) and refuses to believe the hero when he tells her that she's about to go feral and she's running the risk of hurting her family not only physically but legally too. Because you know what happens if it's discovered that they've been harboring a shifter? They all go to fucking jail!!! But no, she doesn't recognize the hero's authority, even ...more
Sophia Triad
This book is seriously HOT.

It is the story of Eric the leader of Las Vegas shifter town who is a mateless leopard shifter and who did not look for love until he meets Iona and the story of Iona who is a half panther shifter and who did not look for love until she meets Eric.

Their story begins slowly at a shifters' bar where Iona pretends to be human and continues later at a chocolate store. There is this thing with Eric and chocolates by the way.... Every time I read about Eric, I want to finis
Posted on Under the Covers

MATE CLAIMED is book four in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. This book explores Iona’s story. Iona is a half-Shifter, living without a Collar in the human world. The danger of living without any real knowledge of her mating hunger and Shifter side can very well kill her if she isn’t careful. So, Eric Warden, wildcat and leader of his own Shiftertown is now taking Iona into his own hands to care for her. Iona fears the repercussions of revealing herself
Mate Claimed
4.5 Stars

Iona Duncan is a half-shifter raised as human and taught to keep her wildcat identity secret. Unfortunately, she has entered the transition stage and her animal instincts are raging out of control. Shiftertown leader, Eric Warden, not only recognizes Iona, but is well aware of the fact that her failure to accept her true nature will have disastrous consequences.

Not only is Eric and Ione’s story a huge improvement on the previous installment, but it rescues Ashley’s Shifter’
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

This was an exciting addition to the Unbound Shifter series, in this one we have Las Vegas Shiftertown leader Eric, a wildcat. He meets and become drawn to Iona, an uncollared half shifter that has gone undetected by the government. Iona is trying to keep her life as fully human, while trying to let out her shifter side and keep it from everyone. While Eric wants to help Iona with her shifter side, Iona does everything she can to keep Eric away and her shifter side in control. She doesn’t want t
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
I ended up really loving this....

At the beginning Iona was very unlikable... i felt she thought herself better than the shifters... its only when she saw Eric's stash she changes her mind....

Still she proves herself by the end becoming a real hero.....

I loved the story but as i wasn't really team Iona from the start it took a while to get on board... although once there the read was as usual epic.

Sexy shifter Eric finds his heart mate in Iona although reluctant she comes to terms with who she is
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: B+ ... Heat: Hot


I love Jennifer Ashley’s historical romances. In fact, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of my all-time favorites. So why on earth did it take me so long to try out her PNR novels? I honestly have no clue but it was definitely long overdue! And, even though I’m starting with book four (such a bad habit of mine, I’ll admit), it was so easy to immerse myself in the Shifters Unbound world.

And, wow, what a world. Miz Ashley hits you with sensual and arousin
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
While the main couple had captured my attention since the scene when they first met in Wild Cat, I wasn't all that engrossed in their story, unfortunately. That is mostly because of Iona, who for a big part of the book just refuses to listen to reason.

I found her very frustrating and so had a difficult time getting into their story, even after she stopped being so belligerent.

Eric has quite a lot on his plate, with a new alpha and wolf shifters moving into his shifter town and dominance issues a
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
4.5 stars

Despite my frustration with the heroine, this was a great book and one of the better ones in this series. This id Eric and Iona's romance but the story was much more than that. New shifters, a new swing in the storyline and some very interesting shifter dynamics all made this hard to put down. You could read this as a first book but I think you'd get much more enjoyment if you follow the series in order. Ashley is a great author - making me cry, allowing an antagonistic character to bec
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

Eric and Iona's story was pretty good. The story line that introduced Tiger was a good hook for further stories.
Dawn ♥ romance
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
This paranormal romance had a very exciting ending but the first half moved kind of slow. Too much time was taken up with alphas posturing and main characters ruminating. The whole mating frenzy was getting old. I skimmed some. Leopard shifter and pack leader Eric sees half-shifter Iona running wild in her panther form in the desert.
FV Angela
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I am a huge Jennifer Ashley fan. I discovered her when she writing erotica for Ellora’s Cave under the name Allyson James. That sci-fi erotica series is still an auto-buy for me. Since then I’ve read a paranormal dragon series, the insanely awesome urban fantasy Stormwalker series, one of my all time favorite historical romance series, Highland Pleasures, and finally the Shifters Unbound series, in which Mate Claimed is book fou
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 Stars

Recommendation: If you loved the other books in the shifter unbound series you will love this one as well. Eric is one Badass Shiftertown Leader! Iona is ready to challenge him at every turn.

Hot Damn! Did you see that cover?! Just looking at it makes me want to buy it. Win for the marketing team!

Now moving on to what really is in the 4th book in Ms. Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series.

Eric Warden has badass written all over that sexy body of his. We learned from the last book that Eric fou
Half panther-shifter Iona has been living and passing for a human, but now Shiftertown Leader, leopard-shifter Eric Warden, has her on his radar and he won't go away. All of Eric's primal instincts take notice of Iona as he tries to convince her that her 'human' days are at and end, because if she's not careful, her delicious scent is going to attract the attention of other shifters far less civilized and with far less control than Eric - and with the residents of a 'wilder' wolf Shiftertown bei ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound stands out as one of my top paranormal romance series with its complex political and social issues and some intense, hot romances. MATE CLAIMED, the fourth in the series, continues this trend with a spicy romance and intense action. I love the depth and layers of all of the politics between shifter communities and humans. What makes me really care about these characters is all of the little ways the shifters find to th
Lover of Romance
It starts out with half shifter Iona Duncan, being chased by the shiftertown leader Eric Warden, who has constantly been chasing her of late. Iona, is a shifter without a collar, and refuses to go through the collaring, she wants to be free. However Eric knows the danger that Iona is in, if she doesn't put on a collar, soon her shifter side will take over and her common sense will be gone, and all will remain will be her panther side. However even though Eric's argument is a good one, Iona knows ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifter-romance
The book had me on my toes. The whole mating dance was slow.

Almost a year back Eric scented Iona in a shifter bar and knew that she was half-shifter. Since then he's been pursuing her relentlessly. As a shifter town lieder and alpha feline Eric denied his attraction towards Iona and hid behind his duty to protect and un-mated, without collar, shifter female. Iona was fighting her inner animal and living her life as human.
Being most of the time in contact with Eric, Iona was losing control of h
Tanya Davis
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Eric knows right away that Iona is his mate. Iona is struggling to keep her half shifter status a secret so that she can continue to live in the human world with her construction company and family. The more time Eric spends around her though, the harder it is for her to restrain her wildcat.

Eric goes to work trying to help her and to keep her around he decides to hire her construction company to build homes for all the shifters that have been sent to live in the Vegas shifter town. That means r
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was ecstatic when I was given Mate Claimed to read and review! Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter Unbound series is one of my favorite’s paranormal romances. She has such fascinating characters and a unique shifter plot line that I just gobble up her books.

Mate Claimed focuses on Eric and Iona’s developing romance. Eric is a widower and the leader of the nearby Shiftertown. He discovers that there in an uncollared shifter living among the humans one night while visiting a bar. Only Iona’s mom and siste
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Iona is a panther-shifter/human and has been living and passing for a human her whole life.Shiftertown Leader, leopard-shifter Eric Warden wants her safe in shifter town, but that’s not the only reason he wants her. Iona’s shifter half is coming forward full force and is going to take over. Eric worries she will go feral, but more than that , he worries another shifter male will claim her.
If that’s not enough stress on Eric, he has to deal with the Humans relocating another shifter town worth o
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
H is Alpha, leader of his shifter town, and we've seen in previous books. He's old and a very good man and suddenly he's got lots of troubles. Another clan, with their Alpha has to move in, so everything is a fight, then he found his mate and she's been living as human, slowly going feral. There are evil people taking his shifters for experiments. And best of all, this is the book that introduces Tiger to the series. Also the fae Reid, does amazing things to save the day. Great story - loved all ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
decided to skip to Mate Claimed because I loved the sound of an Alpha finding his mate in a half-breed shifter who is pretending to be a human in order to go undetected by the government, would like nothing more than to collar her and throw her into a Shiftertown.

While the synopsis sounds all good and dandy, there is so much more to this story. There's an entire shifter population about to move into the local Shiftertown. While you would think this would be fine, each Shiftertown has it's own l
Rating- 4
Heat- 4
Tropes- someone grieving finds love

This is the hottest Shifter Unbound novel so far. Iona leads Eric on a grand chase which brings us great sexual tension and quite a few racy scenes. I always enjoy a book where the couple don’t jump straight into bed. I like to feel the build up of tension between them, and Mate Claimed delivers on this.

Iona has always known that she is half shifter, but she has hidden among humans for entire life. She has every intention of continuing to hide
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Iona is simply the most annoying female character I've read in a while. This is my problem with Jennifer Ashley she has some amazing ideas but she gets lost with too many ideas in one book, for my tastes. Iona knows what she is but she has not tried to learn about the possibilities. If she thought she could continue to hide wouldn't she try to learn about what could possibly happen to herself? Ugh! She was distasteful until the last 100 pages when she put saving someone else ahead of her silline ...more
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer's novels have been translated into many different languages, and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly. More about her books at and http://gard

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“You’ve been in the mating frenzy before.”

Eric looked up at her, his eyes quiet. “Yes.”

”With Kirsten.”


Iona touched her hands together. “You must have loved her very much.”

Eric nodded. “Yes. Very much.”

”Then why do you want another mate?”

Eric pushed himself from the fireplace and came to her, the first flickers of fire shadowing his tall, naked body. He skimmed warm hands down her arms.

”Because I saw you.”
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